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Who We Are...
The GFWC Sycamore Woman’s Club is a volunteer organization of women whose purpose is to provide members with opportunities to serve their communities. Our club promotes interest in the arts, conservation, education, home life, health, international outreach, and public issues. It also provides members with opportunities for personal enrichment, leadership development, and social interaction.
Organized in 1990, the GFWC Sycamore Woman’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Virginia and Lee District.
People In Need Our club sponsors needy families each year though the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program and members have worked at the distribution center. Gift and supply showers have been held for battered women’s shelters, bag lunches have been donated to the homeless, nursing home residents have been visited, and usable clothes have been donated to the Powhatan Clothes Closet.
Helping Locally Our club participates in the GFWC Virginia State Fair Program each year, providing volunteers for the Educational Exposition. In support of the Lee District Project, our members serve as docents for Virginia's Executive Mansion. Members have participated in Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, flu shot clinics, public radio and television pledge drives, Habitat for Humanity home building, and as hostesses for house tours benefiting the Richmond Symphony and the Powhatan Historical Society. Edible treats have been provided for area poll workers and cards have been sent to our military serving overseas. Art bags are prepared and donated each year for pediatric cancer patients and knitted caps have been made for adult cancer patients.
Education Two area elementary schools have been a focus of our club and they have received significant support. Activities include one-on-one tutoring and reading books onto audiotapes to assist the students. School supplies for teachers and students, as well as clothing and treasure chest items, are donated throughout the year and treats have provided for teacher appreciation days.
Fund Raising Funds to support our charities have been raised in a variety of ways. The sale of our historic Midlothian afghan has been a club project for more than 18 years and we have also sold an historic Chesterfield County afghan. Our club has provided assistance to the GFWC Bon Air Junior Woman’s Club, wrapping gifts at their Chesterfield Towne Center gift wrap booth. Members work at the Bizarre Bazaar each year with all earnings going directly to our club. We have held two fashion shows in cooperation with Talbot’s and provided hostesses for the opening of Stoney Point Fashion Park. Silent auctions and yard sales have been held and we have sold a wide variety of items including gift wrap, peanuts, calendars, flower bulbs and jewelry.
Fun Times In addition to our charitable work, members network and socialize through a variety of activities. Our socials include dining out, visiting area points of interest, day trips, getaway weekends and get-togethers in members’ homes.
Charities and Organizations that our club has supported:
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Association for the Support of Children with Cancer
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Central Virginia Food Bank
Chesterfield County Social Services
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Easter Seals Virginia/UPC
Habitat for Humanity
Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY)
Hospital Hospitality House
Massey Cancer Center
MCV Pediatric Oncology Unit
McGuire Veterans Medical Center
Midlothian Volunteer Coalition
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Richmond AIDS Ministry
Richmond Animal League
Ronald McDonald House
Salvation Army Shoe Fund
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Treatment Center for Children
YMCA Bright Beginnings
Area Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, Libraries and Shelters